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The World Is Falling Apart
1 Only believe, only believe;
All things are possible, only believe
Only believe, only believe,
All things are possible, only believe.
Let us bow our heads for a word of prayer. Our heavenly Father, we are
again tonight, expressing to Thee, the Great Almighty, how thankful we
are to be assembled here together, alive and able to worship Thee
tonight. And we've come together for that purpose, to set together in
heavenly places as brothers and sisters, citizens of the Kingdom of
God, waiting for the coming of the Holy Spirit upon us, that He might
reveal to us what we should do, the program of our life. We want to
walk according to His will.
And we pray, Lord, that You will start from the foundation and just
cleanse us, Lord, and make us new creatures, that we might be fit for
Thy service. Knowing this is totally impossible for us, Father; for no
more could we cleanse ourself than a leopard could lick his spots
clean; he only brightens it by trying to make his own effort. But
"There is a Fountain filled with Blood, drawn from Emmanuel's veins."
That's what cleanses the leper's spots. I pray Thee, heavenly Father,
to grant, tonight, that each one of us can plunge beneath there,
leaving all of our doubts behind, all the doubts of God's love and
promise for us in these hours. We ask it in Jesus' Name. Amen.
4 Let us sing this as we set down. Instead of saying "Only believe,"
let's just raise our hands and sing "Now I believe." Yeah, everyone now.
Now I believe, now I believe,
All things are possible, now I believe;
Now I believe, now I believe,
All things are possible, now I believe.
The Lord bless you, as you be seated. Oh, it sounds so appropriate,
after asking God, then tell Him, "Now I believe," after asking Him.
6 This has been a real hard day for me, I... There's so many things to
do, and maybe seventy-five interviews waiting, and you just can't get
to them all; that's all. It's just totally impossible. And I had four
calls today to fly out of town: one to Beaumont, Texas; and one to
Houston; and one to Campbellsville, Kentucky; and one to Little Rock,
Arkansas, emergency sick. And just 'fore leaving, there come in a call
for me to fly from here, Sunday night, as soon as service was over, to
be way somewhere close to the west coast, to preach a funeral. And I...
You just can't get to all of them. That's just what come in here, they
wanted to know here; what about at home in the office? You see? And
them's people that's nice people. And they're Christians, many of them.
And they... But you just can't be everywhere at once, so you just try
to do the best you can while you're there. It does make you nervous.
But you know, it takes nervous people sometimes to get somewhere, you
know, and they get keyed up into a spot.
7 Did you know that most always that people under inspiration are
considered neurotics? That is right. Just think of which one of the
prophets wasn't considered a neurotic. See? Even Jesus, they said,
"You're a mad," means "crazy." See? And Paul said, "In the way that's
called crazy, that's the way I worship God." See? Heresy, crazy...
8 And you take poets. For the inspiration, they climb into a place
where just ordinarily people doesn't get there. I think of--of Stephen
Foster, who gave America its famous folk songs. Now, I think he had it
in his mind, but not in his heart. And I used to live just across the
river from my old Kentucky home. You know, after writing that famous
folk song, he would go out and get on a drunk. And he just couldn't
stand it. And finally while coming out from under that inspiration, one
day he called a servant and got a razor, and committed suicide. See,
When you're up there, everything's fine, and when you're down here.
It's--it's in between, when you're coming out from under it. You ought
to ask the manager and some of them who try to walk me around at night
after one of those lines of discernment. Oh, my, you don't know whether
it's everything's a vision, or what's taking place. It--it's in
everything. Everything you look at, you--you don't know whether it's
really a vision or what it is. You just... And you're the one that's
doing that. See? You're--you're the very one that's pulling that.
10 I was explaining it to the pastor today. It's like a little boy
trying to look through a hole in a wall to see a circus. He pulls up by
his hands, and looks through, and can maybe see like a giraffe or a
camel, and drop back down. They'd say, "What else did you see?" Well,
it almost kills him to go up again to see it. But then, after while, if
someone could come around and pick him up, raise him up, and say,
"Here's the way it goes. The--the garland starts here, and the grand is
this way, and it comes out over here." Sets him down, why, it doesn't
11 That's the way that God was in Christ. Now, the woman that touched
His garment, just a little woman in the time of menopause, she was
having a blood issue. And she couldn't... The doctors couldn't stop it.
And she touched His garment. And He turned around and said, "Who
touched Me? Virtue went from Me." See, that was the woman using God's
gift. She pulled God through Him. That was the woman doing that. She
took the privilege of using God's gift.
12 But when Lazarus died, He said He did nothing till the Father showed
Him. And after, He went away for a while, and--and they sent for Him to
come pray for Lazarus. He did not go; He went to another place. And
then they sent again. And He didn't go; and put it off, went to another
place. And finally turned, said to His disciples, "Lazarus sleepeth."
Well, they said, "He does well."
Then He talked in their language, "He's dead. For your sake, I'm glad I
wasn't there." See, the Father done told Him how long it would be,
'cause He said He didn't do nothing till the Father showed Him; and
then how long it would be, and what would take place, and for Him to go
back. He's listening. "But I go wake him." See?
And when He got down to the grave of Lazarus, He prayed. He said,
"Father, I thank Thee that Thou hast already heard; but I just say this
for those who are standing by." He knew what was going to do, and He
called Lazarus from the grave. There wasn't one thing said about virtue
going from Him. That was God using His gift, and the other was the
woman using God's gift.
15 Now, you can't manufacture a vision. It has to come from God. So
your faith is what does it. Faith is the only thing that God will
recognize in the being, is faith in His promised Word, and you do that
yourself. It's your faith that does that. But then when a vision comes,
sometimes, a vision that God would give about going somewhere, why,
sometimes it lasts for hours, never does bother me. But it's these kind
that hurts; then you come back and you wonder where you're at.
17 I think William Cowper, I believe, was his name, wrote "There Is A
Fountain Filled With Blood." I stood by his grave not long ago in
London. I just had to cry a little, because I felt sorry for the man.
He was a poet. And he... When he went up in the inspiration and wrote
them songs... Well, when he come out of that, he--he tried to... He got
a--a driver and tried to find a river, to commit suicide, and it was so
foggy they couldn't even find it. See, he was--he was lost; he had come
from inspiration, back down to earth again.
What does it all mean, friend? That truly there is a land beyond the
river, just have to climb up to see it. So we know it's going to be
someday that we're going to go to that land. That's our great hope.
19 Now, tonight I never told my son to give out prayer cards. But each
night the Lord's been healing the sick from the audience, and just
calling to them, the ones that has faith. Listen close to what He says
now (See?) and when He--when He speaks.
But I think tomorrow night now, that we will change the--the order of
the meeting. And how many would like to just be prayed for, just--just
be prayed for, the sick? Well, all right. I'll send Billy just a little
early, if it's all right with our beloved pastor, and we will give out,
all of you, a prayer card, that wants it, and then we'll just call the
people up, and come by and pray for them.
I couldn't take everyone in one of those lines of discernment.
It'd--I'd... They'd be taking me out, and you'd be praying for me.
22 And--and just think, if one woman touched His garment... And He was
the Divine Son of God. If one woman touched His garment and it made Him
feel weak, what would it do to me, a sinner saved by His grace? You
would never get over one, or maybe that, if He hadn't said, "These
things that I do, shall you do also; more than this shall you do." For
(See?) He said, King James has "greater," but the right word is "more,"
if you look it up, "more." 'Cause no one could do greater than that; He
raised the dead, and stopped nature. He done everything. So only thing,
the Church... All God was in one Man there, but that big Pillar of Fire
that led Israel became flesh and dwelt among us.
23 But when He was crucified, rose again, and ascended to God; on the
day of Pentecost, He came back in the form of this Pillar of Fire, and
separated Himself, tongues of Fire set upon each of them: God dividing
Himself amongst His Church, 'cause that was His Wife. And a husband and
wife is one with--together. And God and the Church is one together. God
in you. That was God above us, God with us, God in us, same God all the
time; just three manifestations, attributes, or offices, or whatever
you want to call it. Like a Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit, It's the
same God all the time. See?
24 And now that was God above us, could not be touched. Even the
mountain that would be touched where He was on, they must be thrust
through with a dart, 'cause sin had not had an offering yet.
But then God come and was manifested among us, "We handled Him with our
hands," they said, "God..." I Timothy 3:16, "Without controversy great
is the mystery of godliness; for God was manifested in the flesh, seen
of Angels, and believed on in the world, received up into glory." See,
see? Now, that was God with us.
God over us, God with us, now God in us. All that God was, He poured
into Christ; all that Christ was, He poured into the Church. "At that
day, you'll know that I'm in the Father, the Father in Me; I in you,
and you in Me." So it's been God all along (You see?), His same works.
The Church is ordained to carry on His work, with the same Spirit. You
couldn't carry on the same work without the same Spirit. That's right.
The same Spirit carries on the work.
27 So now, you're so nice to talk to, I--I get overtime every night.
And--and I--I don't like to do that.
But I am thinking with all my heart that we're at the end time. I--I
don't--I don't say that just because it's a common saying amongst the
people. I believe it. I believe it with all my heart, and with the
sincerity in my heart. That's the reason I don't try to build big
things, do great big things, and build big spires. And I--I believe
Christ is coming. I--I... And everything, let's get--do it right now,
because there may not be no tomorrow. See? Let's get it done today if
we can, everything that we can do.
29 Therefore, I never did permit, or don't think the Holy Spirit would
want me to have great big things, where it'd have great big... Now,
that's all right for those who to do that. I don't condemn them. That's
fine. But to have like telecasts that takes the whole nation in, have
to beg people for money; and to do that, they have to do it, 'cause
they have to pay for it. Radio broadcasts, that's--that's all right;
that's fine; but that wasn't for me. I just like... Why, I'd worry
myself to death over that. And I--I couldn't do that. I couldn't.
30 I started to take up an offering one time in my life. I guess you
heard about it. I--I started to take an offering, I... We just got in
such a fix, till I almost had to have. I--I had some debts, and I was
working. I took my hat and poured out my paycheck, and we just couldn't
make it. And I never did take an offering at the Tabernacle. I pastored
seventeen years without a penny. And I said to the wife; I said,
"We--we just got to... I'm going over and take an offering."
She said, "I'm going to watch you." See? She goes over and sets down.
And that night, I--after... They're lovely people. Bless their hearts.
I said, "I--I kinda hate to say this." I said, "I've been with you a
long time. I--I never did ask you for anything," I said, "but I--I got
some bills I got to meet. I need about six dollars." And I said, "I--I
just haven't got it. I just haven't got it, and it's due," and I said,
"Saturday. And I--I just haven't got it to pay." And I said, "If you
all, any of you that have about a dime," I said, if you'd help a little
on, I'd appreciate it." And--and everybody started to cry. There was an
old woman setting down there... And the deacon got up, and we didn't
even have a collection plate, and I--I said, "You can get my hat." And
went and got my hat.
And I looked down there. And a little old sister is always praying for
me, she had a... One of these old fashion southern mother that had one
of these little, the little pocketbooks that snaps at the top. She
unsnapped that, and, oh, my... I looked at that. I couldn't have spent
that for nothing. I said, "I--I was just teasing. I wanted to see what
you was going to say. I didn't really mean that." I couldn't do it.
That's the closest I ever come to taking an offering. See?
34 There was on old man used to come down at my house. He--he, I think
he belonged to the House of David, or something. He had a long beard
and hair. He gave me an old bicycle, that it was backslid; but not
backslid, just wore out. It--it had probably served its duty all right,
but it was... So I--I went down to the ten-cent store and got me two
cans of paint for twenty cents, and I painted it and sold it for six
dollars. So I didn't have to take up an offering. And so that's the
closest I come. I--I... See?
What if I'd be here with all that great obligation, and the Holy Spirit
called me out somewhere to a little church, where maybe I'd have to
have hundreds of dollars a day to take care of that? They couldn't do
it. But, you see, I don't need nothing but just more of God. See? I--I
don't. So if He calls me anywhere, no matter where it's at, if there's
ten people or... And I've preached to five hundred thousand at one
time. So, well, whenever it comes to that time, somebody just put...
God puts it on their heart, and they come around and say, "You know,
the Lord said you were going somewhere, and here's a check for it."
That's it, by faith (You see?), for He knows what we have need of. See?
And so I just like to live like that.
36 And then another thing, you know, I think we're going down in
places. A lot of people that comes to my meetings are poor people just
like I am, and I--I want to stay just like they are. Would it look
right now for a minister to go around an all-great something, you know,
like that, and tens of thousands of dollars, and throwing it this way
and that way; and--and some poor woman pulling a cotton sack on her
back, picking cotton for about three dollars a day, eating fat bacon
and corn bread? No. I can't--can't see that. You see? Christ owned the
earth, and didn't have a place to lay His head; "foxes has dens." And
He was our Example. He was what He was supposed to be.
Now, not as I'm trying to...?... condemn that. I'm just trying to tell
you about myself. Therefore, with no money, then I've never attempted
to start anything big, you know. And--and you can't start nothing big
anyhow. The biggest thing there is, we're going to it, so we're just...
It's God. And I think we're all just the same size, and let's just stay
like--like that. We're God's children.
38 Now, I--I just love to read this Bible. And I--I can't read it too
well and I sometimes mispronounce my words, but you'll bear with me for
One time I remember was at Fort Wayne; I was preaching. And there'd
been an Assemblies of God packed this article, and then the "Who's Who"
had it of little girl. You might've read it about ten years ago. They
had... She was been... Her eyes were operated and the sight was gone.
And--and she was brought in to me, and the Holy Spirit told her all
about it and healed her right there; she could read the Bible or
anything. And "Who's Who" packed it. That book, you know, the "Who's
Who," on medical science and whatevermore, achievements.
40 And--and I remember, a couple nights after that, I went back in the
back where Paul Rader wrote that song, "Only Believe." And I was
setting there and hearing that come in. There was a--a man who really
had an education; he must have. And so he come back, he said, "Mister
Branham, can I speak to you?"
I said, "Yes, sir."
And he introduced hisself, and--and he said, "I just want to correct
you on some things."
I said, "All right, sir."
And he said, "Your grammar." See?
I said, "Yes, sir, I know that." I said, "I only got a seventh-grade
education." I said, "We had ten children. My daddy was sickly and I had
to go to work. I had to quit school, just a little boy."
He said, "That's no excuse now."
And I said, "That--that's right." I said, "I guess it isn't. But now,
since I've got to serving the Lord, I haven't got time to--for any of
He said, "Well, your..." Said, "The people out there..." Said, "I
noticed you last night, you said, 'All you people coming up here by
this pulpit,' said, and 'go down...'"
And I said, "Well, what? I didn't know any different." And he said... I
said, "What's wrong with that?"
Said, "It isn't pulpit," said, "it's pulpit." He said, "Your
congregation would appreciate you more if you'd say pulpit."
Well, I think he kind of combed them few hairs the wrong way. I said,
"Brother," I said, "I don't want to different with you. But I don't
believe them people cares whether I say pulpit or pulpit, just so that
I preach the Word of God, and live the life that's in This." ...?...
the main thing. Amen.
The little fellow said, "But you don't know your Bible."
I said, "But I know the Author real well, and He--He blesses me. I'd
rather know, "to know Him is Life." See?
49 Now, tomorrow night, come kinda early. Because when I come up, just
a few moments ago in a cab out there, there were just strings of
people, disappointed, some crying, leaving the place, and they was
turned away. So I--come as early as you can, to get your prayer card.
Now, just before we look on the Word, let's speak to the Author just a
51 Heavenly Father, this is Your Word. And we read in the Bible, that
we're cleansed by the water of the Word. And we know in the Old
Testament, how they took the heifer, the red heifer, and killed her,
the whole congregation, and she was burned. And then the ashes was kept
outside the courts, for a waters of separation, that--that the hands
that handled this must be clean hands. And I--I pray Thee, God, as this
waters of separation, the Word that separates us from death to Life;
cleanse our thoughts, our hearts, Lord. And if there be anything You
find in us that's not just right, cleanse it, Lord, by this water of
separation tonight. Take our sins away, Father. We--we want to stand
daily before You, dying to ourselves, that we might live in Christ.
Bless the Word as we read It. And You promised that It would--would not
return void, but It--it would accomplish that which It was purposed to
do. And we pray that You'll grant this through Jesus' Name. Amen.
52 In the Book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ, we find I'm going to
read just a little bit from the Sixth Seal. Out of the Book of
Revelation, found in the 6th chapter of the Revelation, and then we'll
begin with the 12th verse. And then I also want to read from Hebrews
12:25 to--for another little quotation, for some Scriptures I got
written down here. And a--a few things I would like to speak on, if the
Lord willing. And now on Revelations 6:12.
And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a
great earthquake; and the sun became as black as sackcloth of hair, and
the moon became as blood;
And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casts
her untimely figs, when she's shaken of a mighty wind.
... the heavens departed as a scroll when it's rolled together; and
every mountain and every island were moved out of their places.
And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men,... the
chief captains, and the mighty men,... every bondman, and every free
man, hid themselves in... dens and in... rocks of the mountains.
And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the
face of him that setteth upon the throne, and from the wrath of the
For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?
53 Now, in the Book of Hebrews the 12th chapter, and beginning with the
See that you refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who
refused him that spake on the earth, much more shall not we escape, if
we turn away from that, from him that speaketh from heaven:
Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he has appointed, saying,
Yea, once more I shake not the earth only, but also the heavens.
And this word, Yet once more, signifying... removing of those things
which are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which
cannot be shaken may remain.
Wherefore we receive a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have
grace, whereby we may serve God acceptable with reverence and godly
For our God is a consuming fire.
54 Now, this is a--a little text that I would like to draw from there,
to make a text out of it, if I should call it. And I hope I don't hold
you too long. And so don't forget tomorrow night now, to come early to
get the prayer cards, and we'll have a prayer line where we pray for
all the peoples which got the prayer cards. Now, and my text tonight is
"The World Is Falling Apart." It's a very odd text.
55 But I was thinking today, as I had the glorious opportunity and the
grand privilege to walk with Brother Vick, this honorable, noble
servant of Christ, with Brother Joseph, my precious friend also. We
had... Well, it was dinner, to me. I think it's lunch to you all here.
But if that's dinner, then this is dinner tonight, and that's lunch and
breakfast, where's my supper come in at? See, I feel like I've left out
something. And then as we went to--to dinner and come back down the
street, we were noticing they were putting up, starting to put up
things for Christmas. We are approaching the Christmas season, and
right on a month away, but all the stores is getting out all their
56 How far they miss the meaning of Christmas. It's become a--just a
commercial act. All the holidays have become that; Mother's Day,
Father's Day. And every day ought to be mother and father's day.
And--and they have, oh, Easter... Santa Claus took the--took the birth
place. A rabbit and chicken, a little duck took the resurrection time.
It's all chickens and ducks and eggs, and what's that got to do with
the resurrection? See? And it's too bad we... That puts it before our
57 A many a little boy out here tonight can tell you more about Davy
Crockett than he can tell you about Jesus Christ, sure, sure, because
it's a great commercial thing. They take clothes like some cowboy or
some hero, and, or something of some outlaw or something, and--and they
sell clothes that looks like him, and--and then all the little children
know about it and read the history of it. If we could just get the
program of Christ over to the people, like that. You usually try to
impersonate what you read, you--the readers.
58 I remember, it's been always been that way with me. I remember one
time, as a little boy about twelve years old, down in the public
library, I got ahold of the--one of Zane Grey's books called, "The Lone
Ranger." I--I rode mama's broom to death, as a hobbyhorse, around and
around the house, till I broke it up. Later on, I read Edgar Rice
Burroughs' story of "Tarzan And The Apes," and I slept in a tree,
because I--I--I was reading that. That was on my mind.
And, oh, one day I got ahold of something was real, a Truth, not a
fiction. And ever since then, I want my life to be like His. I found
something that was real when I read the Bible and the life of Jesus
60 Now, as we approach this season, it's very familiar. The world is
just about the same condition it was two thousand years ago, when He
come on earth on His first advent. When He came to the earth, the earth
had met its time.
Every so often the world gets in such a chaotic condition until there's
nothing can help it. We've had this several times, these preludes. And
we--we find that each time when it meets this condition, and it causes
people to--to start praying. And they feel that everything's played
itself out, as all of our systems and everything that we have, play
itself to the end. It did that in the antediluvian world, and so forth.
Politics and--and other things just comes to its end; there's no more
to it. And I--I think all that's done by God for a purpose, to kind of
rejuvenate, to kind of bring back. It has a way of renewing itself. And
I think it's just a--a law of God, that these things comes to that
62 The time of Christ's first advent, I--I believe we could say the
world was falling apart. It was a corruptible time in politics, a
corruptible time in--in religion. The whole systems had become
corrupted. They'd mingled in, injecting other things and manmade
theories into religions, and so forth, until the whole thing was
corruptible. And the world was a falling apart.
And the world at that time, was praying for a messiah. Now, the Romans
was praying for a messiah; the Greeks wanted a messiah; the Jews wanted
a Messiah. And God gave them a Messiah, but they didn't want it the way
He sent it.
64 And I wonder today in our chaotic time, that if all of us reaching
this place again, as we approach Christmas, we find the world about in
the same condition: morally decayed, and politics is decayed; religious
life is--is decayed; denominationalism is decayed; and everything is
just corrupted. And all of us are looking for a--something to help us
out of it. All of us are expecting a messiah.
I wonder, if God sent us the Messiah, if we wouldn't just about do the
same thing they done in the past. We wouldn't know Him, wouldn't know
Who He was. I don't think the world would recognize Him at all.
66 And notice why. Here's my thought, the reason why. The Romans, they
had their idea of what a messiah should be. Each one of us has got our
own ideas; each denomination has its ideas. We've been taught, drawed
out on charts and everything, what the Messiah should be, how it's
going to be, "Our church is the one that's going to receive It." Well,
the Jews, the Pharisees thought that, and so did the Sadducees thought
their side and same thing. You see? Spirits doesn't die; just the man
that's occupied. See? That... The Devil doesn't take his spirit; he
only takes the man. And the good thing about it, God doesn't take His
Spirit, neither (See?) It remains; just the man. Same Spirit that was
upon Christ is upon the believer today, the true believer.
67 Now notice, the Romans in that day were looking for a--a messiah,
a--a politician. They wanted somebody to come down from Jupiter, or
someone to come down with a chariot of fire, and--and a sun behind his
head, and he drove the chariots across the sky. And wanted Jupiter to
come down and give them the gimmick, the military secret how they could
stomp out the whole world. That's what they wanted to do. They wanted
to beat down the Greeks, and--and master the whole world. That's the
kind of messiah they wanted.
Well, the Greeks wanted that kind of a messiah to come and tell them
just exactly the kind of a strategy that they could use to beat the
Romans down. See, that's the kind.
69 And the Jews, they were looking for a general, some man that was
coming with a rod of iron in His hand, and a Lion of the Tribe of
Judah, and He was going to rule all nations; and run Rome out into the
river and drown them, and--and--and Israel was going to take over.
That's the reason. When He come exactly the way the Scripture said He
would come, but they was looking for Him in a different way.
I wonder if it wouldn't be the same thing today, if He come, if we
wouldn't think that. We have our own ideas about what He ought to be,
and what He ought to look like, and how He should wear His clothes, and
part His hair, and everything. If it isn't just our taste, why, we
wouldn't receive it (You see.); I mean, we, the world today. You see?
They--they... The Jews, they rejected the Messiah, because that He
didn't fit their taste. He didn't.
72 A few days ago, a fine tailor out in Tucson was cutting some
trousers for me. And he was Jewish. And I heard his broken English,
and--and I said, "What are you, Jewish?"
He said, "Yes, sir." And he said, "I suppose you're a Christian?"
I said, "Yes, sir." So he went ahead fixing on my trousers. And I
thought, "I'll let him lead next."
And he said, "Well," he said, "I have nothing against you Christians."
I said, "Thank you, sir. I have nothing against you." And he said--he
said the... I said, "What's your opinion of Christ?"
He said, "He came too early, and they said He was too young for the
And I said, "Yes, sir."
He said, "He was just a little too young for His job." Said now,
Christ, "If He, Jesus, would've come today..." Not Christ; they don't
believe it. Said, "If Jesus would've come today, His program would've
been all right." Said, "It's something, another, like Rockefeller and
Goldwater," said, "they're fighting one another, and in the same
party." And he said, "You see, they--they oughtn't to be doing that."
I said, "That's correct."
Said, "When Jesus came," said, "He come fighting His Own party of
I said, "Oh, no. He came to His Own, and His Own received Him not." I
said, "That--that was it. You see?"
So I'll--I'll let him rest till I get back (You see?), kind of a little
at a time. Because I remember God blinded his eyes so that I could see
(See?), so I--I'm very grateful to the race. I certainly am. Don't you
worry, Israel, if you're setting here, your time's soon at hand. See?
82 Now, many times we say that Jesus was Jewish. No. He wasn't. No, He
was not Jew. He wasn't Jew nor Gentile. He's God. See, the hemoglobin
is where the life cell is, and the life cell was a creative cell by
God. There was no--no social life between God and Mary. There's not
even a sensation. He created both germs (That's right.), egg and cell.
And He was neither Jew nor Gentile. He was that breach between. He was
God. And if He was Jewish blood, we're lost; if He was Gentile blood,
we're lost. He was the Blood of God, created without sexual desire.
That's--that's the reason our faith can look There and stand assure
that's It. So He died for both.
Now, we find that when He came though, He didn't come in the taste of
the Jew, so they condemned Him. And now, we--we can't say nothing about
it, because we do the same thing.
84 What had caused this? I believe there was a cause for that. And I
think it is because they had took the Word of God and made It of no
effect by their traditions. Jesus said so. He said, "You, by your
traditions, has made the Word of God of no effect." That's right. It
wasn't effective, because it added and projected into It their
traditions. And when...
You can't add nothing to That. You can't take nothing from It. It's...
That's just the way It is. That's the way God preserved It. We can't
add creeds and dogmas and things, to inject in That. That don't need
any help. That--that's Him, that's Him in letter form.
And the Word is a Seed. And the seed in the right kind of ground will
grow, if you don't dig it up every morning to find out whether it's
growed or not. You just plant it, commit it to God, and leave it there.
That's the way to let it grow, just to leave It the way it's in the
ground. And that's where It's supposed to be, the ground of your heart.
Faith is watering It, hourly, saying, "Now, it's... God said so, it's
mine." That's the way to do it.
87 So the whole world then was falling apart like it is today; every
nation was looking for someone to--to hold them out of this tragedy
that was about to strike the world, and trying to hold them together.
The nations were looking for something, and--and each nation was
looking for it; but they looked like they didn't want to accept what
God sent them. They were asking for a man, a messiah, that would stomp
out the rest the nations, and God give them a Baby. Asking for a
general, and got a Baby. God knowed what they had need of. He
That's the way God does, He humiliates us when we think we know
something. Like He said to Job, "You're so--got so much wisdom, where
was you when I laid the foundation of the world, when the morning stars
sang together and the sons of God shouted for joy? Where was you, Job?"
Why, his wisdom was done. See? And God humiliates us when we get to
thinking we're something great. When we think our organization is the
only one, God will come back with something that's nowhere, rise up
something and humiliate us by it. That's right. He always does it that
89 See, they asked for a general and got a Baby. God knowed what they
had need of. That's right. They asked for a general, and got a Saviour.
Although they thought they were saved, but God's visit to them showed
that they wasn't.
Maybe that's a whole lot what's the matter today. The world thinks
they're saved by joining church, but they need a Saviour just the same
today. If that isn't the picture of the world today, I don't know the
That's just about the way it is at this Christmas again; we find the
same thing, the world falling apart. If you go to this, that's gone. If
you go to this, that's gone. It's got that way so that we will come to
This. See, it--it takes all the props out from under us, so that we
can--we can have to come to the only resource there is, and that's
It's now looking today as it was then, for some system to hold it
together. As it was then, it is now again falling apart. And the
religious world then was looking for a promised Messiah to do this.
93 And God keeps His promise. He never fails to keep His promise in all
ages. When the world was falling apart in the time of Noah, God sent
them a mighty prophet. What did they do with it? Turn it down. What is
a prophet? The one the Word comes to, is the Word of God again. In the
time of--of Noah, they sent it. In Moses' time the whole system was
falling apart, they sent a prophet. In Elijah's time the whole system
was falling apart, they sent a prophet. Every time, when the world gets
in this chaos, they send a prophet. And then at this first Christmas,
He sent the Word in Its Fullness (See?) the Word. A portion of the Word
in a prophet, prophet had the message for that age, and he went forth.
94 Giving a prophet, and what did they do with them each time? Stone
them (They didn't agree with their systems.) and put them to death.
Jesus said, "You do garnish the walls of the prophets, the tombs, and
your--the fathers put them in there. And you testify that--that you're
their children." See, they do it. It's just too bad, but that's--that's
the world. You see, it's always, God sends His Word, and wisdom tries
to verse the Word.
That's the way it was at the beginning. The very thing started the
whole system of sin was because somebody, Eve... Satan produced a
better plan than God; he produced wisdom. They eat from the tree of
Wisdom always takes you away from God. Faith brings you back to God.
You don't know God by your great wisdom. You... It's no good. It's of
the world. It's foolishness to God. "But it pleased God through the
foolishness of preaching His Word, to save the lost." See? So God
always used something foolish and simple.
97 When He called His disciples, if He would've chosen Caiaphas and the
great priests that they had trained for that hour, there'd been
something to brag on. They had their doctor's degree and everything.
But He goes down and gets ignorant men, fishermen who couldn't even
read their own name or write their own name, that He might take nothing
and make something out of it.
Even the great Saint Paul said he had to forget all he ever knowed that
he might find Christ. He told the Corinthian church, "I never come to
you with the excellency of words of wisdom of this world, because you'd
build your faith in that."
99 And look, today, people don't want a pastor unless he can talk just
proper and make all of his nouns and pronouns. And if that be so, I
couldn't get in no pulpit, 'cause I don't even know what a difference
between a noun and a pronoun. And the only thing that I know is, I know
Him. And that's all that I care to know, for He's my--He is my Noun and
Pronoun; He's my Life. Now, the thing we want to know is Him. But you
see our religious system has adopted the educational system, and took
the place of the Holy Spirit. That's what it's done.
100 Now, in the days of Noah, the days of Moses, they sent the prophets
to them, and what did they do? Stone them, put them to death, saw them
to pieces, burn them, any way to get rid of them, get them off of their
Jesus taught the very fine, brought a parable, when He said, "There was
a man, a great man made a--had a vineyard and put dressers in it. And
he sent a servant, and they killed him. He sent another servant, and
they killed him, and so forth." And said, "Finally he said, 'I--I'll
send my son, and they'll regard him.' And the--the dressers of the
vineyard said, 'This is heir, let's kill him.'" That was God's Son that
Sending the prophets, sending His Word, the Word, God... You remember,
every falling generation, there's only one thing that can bridge this
world together, that's the Word of God.
103 This world was made by the Word of God. It's framed together by the
Word of God. That's the only thing that'll ever keep it together, is
the Word of God, for Hebrews said, "We understand that the world was
framed by the Word of God." People doubt the Word of God, and the very
dirt that you're setting on is the Word of God made manifest. The very
seats that you're setting in is the Word of God made manifest. God
speaks it, and it has to happen, because it's the--the Word of God.
Now, the only thing that can keep it together, will never be a
political system; it'll never be a U.N.; it'll never be any of these
organizations. It'll be the Word of God that keeps the--the world
together. That's the only thing that I can recommend today, to keep the
world from falling apart right now, is back to the Word of God. That's
God's program always.
105 In the garden of Eden, Satan come along and said to Eve; he said,
"You should take the fruit of the tree."
And she said, "But the Lord said not."
He said, "Now, oh, surely you'll not die." See, he knowed as long as
people stayed fortified...
This is what we're supposed to stay fortified by, is the Word. See? We
are surrounded by the Word. The Word is in you, God in you, around you.
Wherever you go, it's the Word, the Word. Keep Him always before you.
Remember, be conscious of Him everywhere.
Now, when Eve and Adam walked like that, there was no death. The man or
woman that walks like that now, there's no death to them; they got
Eternal Life when you're--when you're surrounded and kept by the Word.
108 Now watch, wisdom comes up to verse the Word, and when it does, Eve
broke that barrier. And when Satan found out that that was the place he
could hit the human race, that's exactly where he's hit it every time.
Even in an antichrist spirit, so close that it would deceive the very
elected in the last days, he comes in the form of religion. Now,
there's not no such a thing as the communistic party ever fooling
anybody; they're a--they're anti-God, to begin with, but that's not the
antichrist. The antichrist is religion, so close it would deceive the
109 Look at Judas Iscariot, walked right with the Church, and professed
Christ. He done everything the rest of them did, went out and even cast
out devils, and come back rejoicing with them. Correctly, Matthew 10.
But when it come to the place at Pentecost to receive Eternal Life, he
showed his colors.
And that's where it comes today. The Devil lets you have all the church
joining you want to. But when it comes to the time that you receive the
Holy Ghost, he'll just holler, "It's a bunch of holy-rollers," or
something. He--he don't want nothing to do with That. And Judas and his
system can follow right up to that hour. 'Cause that's where Judas
deceived that world, up to that spot, but he couldn't do it there.
That's the elected right there. Now, he can come that close, but
he--but he can't come the rest the way. Because if he would, he'd be
your brother then, so he can't do that.
111 Somebody said, "You know, the Devil got me." No, he never did. You
went out after him. He never come in and got you. 'Cause "You are dead,
and your life is hid in God, and sealed by the Holy Ghost." The only
way he could ever get in there, is the same way you did. So he just
invited you, and you walked out to him. That's all. See? It isn't that
he come in after you. He can't come in there, for you are in Christ,
dead to yourself. See? Amen. I'm not amening myself, but that means "so
be it." And I--I--I know it's true. I experienced it and know that it's
true. It's passing from death unto Life to receive Christ in you. All
112 Now we find then that the--the religious world in that day was
falling apart, and they--they had always done it before. And why? Is
because that the coming prophets, and the coming Messiah, did not meet
their specification, their theological term for it. They... It didn't.
And that's the way it would be today. This is why, I believe, today
that we're--we're stunted in this day, because in--in the move of God,
because it, even in the churches, it doesn't exactly come to the terms
of what they've got it figured out it should be. They figure out that,
there should be a time that certain-certain things will happen,
and--and then when the real kernel of it comes down, well, then
they--they reject that. See?
And what's the use of putting up an electric wire if you refuse the
dynamo? See, they can't get no current in it; it's just a dead wire.
That's what's the matter with the church today. We got all the wires
up; and press the button, there is no Life. What we need to do is get
connected. That's all. That's right. Get connected with Christ, our
lives of our emotions, the lives of our mind connected in Him.
115 You say, "Well, I--I tell you, I--I--I believe I..." You haven't
got no... You ain't got no thought coming. And that's right. You say,
"I think this. And I..." You haven't got a thought. I haven't either.
The Bible said, "Let the mind that was in Christ be in you." And He was
always about the Father's business. So that's the only thought you
ought to have, what God said about it, not what somebody else said. But
what God said, that's all there is to it. He said, "Let every man's
word be a lie, and Mine be the Truth." See?
That's the thing to connect the world back together, but they won't
receive it. Now we know they won't, 'cause they never did. All right.
We wonder then, if the answer is today, the cry today, is for help for
the Messiah to come. And I believe sometimes if we would--if He would
send it, I wonder if we wouldn't do the same thing they did then.
118 All of our po--politics, both in religion, and--and both in the
federal life, and so forth, is polluted. We polluted our worship with
manmade design fashions, fashioned and designed a manmade to fit every
cult that's on the face of the earth. Every one's got their own idea
again. It must become again like it was in the days when God rose up
the mighty prophet Isaiah, said, "Your sacrifices and things has become
a stench in My nose."
See, Israel, first, when God told them to take a sacrifice and go offer
it, why, it was a great thing. You can imagine a Jew going down the
road, with a--a lamb, a fat little lamb or a bullock, or whatever he
was. It was the Passover, and he goes down, lays his hands upon
the--the sacrifice that's connecting himself, identifying himself with
the sacrifice, when he puts his hand on it. The priest killed the--the
beast, the little lamb, whatever it was. And it was a little fellow
died, kicking and bleating, the blood splashed upon his hands. And the
worshipper in sincerity knowed that that should be him, but the lamb
was taking his place. That's what Jehovah required, because it was a
type of Christ. But one time that kept on, going on till it become a
family tradition. They offered the lamb just the same, but there was no
sincerity about it. God said, "They stink in my nostrils."
120 And today... Years ago we used to find the people in deep sincerity
and worship. And today it's become a big glamor of Hollywood, just some
kind of a trained music; and women up on the platform with their
clothes tight enough, the skin on the outside almost, and dancing
around over the platform; no sincerity, and not--almost making it just
an outright ridiculous shame, and professing Christianity. I wonder if
our offerings hasn't become kind of a stench in His nose again, our
121 It's just a shame that the enemy has taken our American women and
stripped them down out there on the streets. And, why, it's--it's a
disgrace. No wonder the little boys and little girls, and things, are
in such a shape as they are today. They're always trying to pattern
after some woman out here in Hollywood, married four or five times. And
she'll come out with some sort of a--a nude clothes on, and all the
little girls in the country will pattern after that. What a pity.
That's too bad. Yes, sir. It's too bad, and it got into the church. The
beautiful virtue that God give a woman to be a mother has been marred.
And that's the backbone of the nation. You break motherhood, and you've
broke the nation right then. That's one thing that helps hold it
together, real genuine parenthood.
123 I was talking to the cab driver, coming down. We was talking about
some delinquent children up there. And he said, "I think it's the
I said, "Amen. Fellow, I don't know who you are, but you're on the
right road." And I said, "That's right." I said, "It's too bad that
they've took the--the Bible out of the home and give them a deck of
And that started in the church. I was standing on the elevator, a few
moments ago; and a certain woman on there, talking to another, said,
"Well, you know," he said, "this is a wonderful thing, our church is
giving a card party," and how they were going to have some kind of a
Thanksgiving turkey affair, that they was going... Out of a Protestant
church... Oh, my. Gambling, lottery, bunco, dances, oh, when it gets to
a time that people have to do stuff like that to entertain the church...
The Church, born-again, the Holy Ghost entertains the Church with
Eternal Life. See? But--but people, they don't want that, because
they're pleasure stricken. It's too bad that the things happened the
way they have.
127 Long ago, too long ago, has the beautiful virtue of women and their
fine dress has bowed before the shrine of the goddess of Hollywood.
It's the truth. It's such a pity that the world's got in a place like
that. Nation's backbone is broken. Sex appeal is many times regarded as
fashion, modern; people dressing, going out on the street. You know
what the Bible said?
I'll tell you, I was speaking on that, one time, and there was a noted
minister said to me; he said, "Why don't you leave away from them women
doing that, saying that?" And I told him, I said... Said, "You ought to
teach them how to become prophetesses, and so forth, like that."
I said, "How am I going to teach them algebra when they wouldn't even
learn their abc's?" Always believe Christ, you know, ABC. And so I
said, "How can you do that?"
130 All these things has just been a great conglomeration that's weeded
into the church. It's too bad it's getting amongst we Pentecostal
people. Oh, people, stop. Think. You may call me a fanatic now, but at
the day of the judgment you'll shake my hand. And I--I love you
with--with godly love. And I want you to be right, friends. What's the
use of just taking any chance on such things as that?
A lady said to me, said, "Well, Mr. Branham, they--they don't, they...
That's the only kind of clothes they make for women."
I said, "They still make goods and sell sewing machines." You--you,
there's no excuse. See? That's right.
133 Look, and let me say one thing again, as this. You know, if you
dress like that and some sinner on the street looks at you in the wrong
way, you're going to answer at the day of judgment for committing
adultery with that sinner. You might be as virtuous to your husband as
you can be; you might be as virtuous to your boyfriend, as loyal as you
know how to be; but in the sight of God you're a street harlot.
You say, "Is that right? Prove that by the Word, Brother Branham. You
said ask you anything, if it was the Word." Yes, sir.
Jesus said, "Whosoever looketh upon a woman to lust after her, hath
committed adultery with her already in his heart." And if you present
yourself like that, you're a cause of it. That's exactly. Though you be
innocent yourself, you presented yourself to that sinner like that.
When he answers for it, you'll be the one to be guilty. Oh, get you
some clothes and cover up, and act like ladies. That's right.
136 And you men, you that'll let your wives do a thing like that, wear
them kind of clothes, don't you have no respect for you or her either
one? My, let your wife set and smoke cigarettes in the house, and blow
it... What are you? And then call yourself a Christian? Oh, I can't
You say, "Well, now wait a minute, 'By their fruits you shall know
them.'" That's what I'm talking about. See? That's right, if you love
the Lord with all your heart...
You say, "Well, I've just got to smoke them. That's my pleasure." Your
My pleasure's in the Lord. Your pleasure's in the Lord, if you would
die out to the world. God is my Joy. He is my Peace. He is my
Sacrifice. He's my God. He's my Love. He's All, and all that I have
need of, and I meet it in Christ. Thirsting... Oh, my.
140 [Someone speaks in tongues--Ed.] Be reverent. We're supposed to
wait on them things, you know. When the Spirit speaks, breaks into a
message and speaks like that, there must be something important fixing
to happen. See? [Someone gives an interpretation--Ed.] Amen. Amen. And
the people said, "Amen." [Congregation says, "Amen."] See, see?
Now, remember, if I got the interpretation right, we are to warn the
people (See?) the coming of the Lord. And let's warn them with the
right kind of a life behind it. 'Cause you can't talk to man, living
any way, and then go tell him. He knows he's living as well as you are.
See? Let's get right and get ready, because I believe the Holy Spirit
wants us to know these things and to be ready for this great thing
that's fixing to happen. Yes. Yes, sir.
The hour, the world is now falling apart. All systems are falling
apart. Why is it? It's--it's got to come that way. See? It's.. We're
looking for a City Whose Builder and Maker is God. And all these
earthly things has to give away to it.
143 Now, we find out that God promised to supply all of our needs we
had need of in this journey. Is that right? But, remember, He only
supplies them on condition. We've got to meet His condition first. If
we do not meet His condition, He will not meet--meet our condition.
We've got to do the thing that's right first, got to go down to the
bottom and build up. That's exactly. We can't start at the top and come
down. We got to go to the bottom and build up. Go back to the bottom.
Now, He'll meet our condition. All of His promises are on condition.
But we try to reverse this by our traditions. We try to make God
something else. "We are going to inject our tradition and say it's just
a little better," or that's the way the people try to think it.
Now, I'm not just speaking to this church right here, this group of
people. I'm speaking to the world. It's being taped here and will go
all around the world, what we say.
146 We want our wants supplied, but He supplies our needs. That--that's
the difference. We want our wants and He gives us our needs. But He
knows what we have need of. And we would most surely, the world would
today, accept it if it come according to our tradition. Oh, the
Baptists would like to say, "It's according to what we believed it. You
see, you were all wrong." The Methodists say, "Now, you Baptists are
wrong, It's according to what... It come the way we believed it." But I
imagine it'll come different from what any of us think about it. That's
right. It's going to come the way God has ordained it to come, and it's
just not in man to be able to cut this thing out and say it's that way.
Now, would be...
147 We wonder today, what, why the gifts and things are not in the
church, operating the way they should be. Why, the gifts are put in the
church to separate and take sin out, to keep the church clean.
It's--it's God's toxin that's given to the church. It's God's... Also
it disinfect that He puts into the church, to kill out all the--the
parasites that--that tear up the church. And--and--and God sprays His
church over with His Word. And that keeps all the--the termites out,
you know, so the church can grow, a plant. And God knows what it takes
to do it. Well, you say...
148 It's just like a--a little baby crying to--for your razor, when you
were shaving. And your--your little baby's hollering, "Give me that
razor, daddy. Give me that razor." Your little son, two or three years
old, just screaming, jumping up-and-down on the floor, "Give the
razor." Well, you know better than to do that. Well, you wouldn't give
that baby that razor. He doesn't know how to handle it.
And that's the reason we don't find no more Divine gifts than what we
do. They push it off on some kind of a tradition, over in some
denomination. They don't know how to handle it. God knows what to do
with it. Well, you might say...
The little boy might say to you, you refused him the razor, say, "I see
you handling it, daddy." But, see, you're older, you know what to do
And that's the way when the church becomes from a--a little baby
toddling around, to a real virtue of--of sons and daughters of God,
then things are going to be different. Yes, sir. The church ought to be
acting as sons and daughters. When we ought to be teachers, we have to
152 Reminds me. If my colored friends here tonight, my brothers and
sisters, will excuse this expression. Years ago, down in the south,
they used to sell people, when the slavery was going on down in the
south. And they took those poor people and would take them out and--and
auction them off, like some kind of a used car lot. You'd have a bill
The human life... It never was God's will to have no man rule over
another. Man made... God made man, and man made slaves. We're all off
the same tree. One can give the other one a blood transfusion, whether
we're yellow, black, brown, red, or whatever we are. We're all Adam's
race. The country we lived in, did--changed our colors, has nothing to
do with it, not at all. Jesus died to save the sinner, no matter who it
154 And there used to be a brokers came--come by and would buy them
people. Just like you would buy a--a car, come by and buy so many used
car, and take it, sell it somewhere else. They'd come by the
plantations and find these poor people out there, and look around, and
find out which one was good workers, and big strong men and women. And
they would sell them, take the big strong men and breed them to big
strong women, like you would cattle or something, to get a bigger,
heavy slave. I wonder what... Hell will be full of that kind, a--a
thing like that. And here they was, little old mother with her babies,
crying, her husband auctioned off. It was terrible.
155 Then the first thing you know, this one broker came by a plantation
he was told, one day, and he was looking over the slaves. And he said,
"How many you got?"
Said, "Oh, we got about two hundred out there."
And so he watched him, and the people were sad. They were away from
their home, their loved ones. They brought from Africa here, and
brought in by the Boers, and sold down here in the south, and
they--they knowed they'd never go back home. They--they were finished.
They'd never get to go back. And they were sad. And you... They
couldn't make them work hardly. They didn't. They'd have to whip them
and everything else to make them work, because they know they'd never
get back home. Their daddy was over there, maybe mother here and daddy
over there, and--and maybe the children here and their father
somewhere. Oh, it's terrible.
157 And one day this broker came by and looking at this bunch of
slaves, and he noticed there was one of those young slaves out there
that they didn't have to whip him. He had his chest out, and his chin
up; he walked around; he was right on the spot. And the broker said,
"Say, I want to buy that one."
And the owner said, "But he is not for sale."
Said, "I have to keep him."
He said, "He must be the boss over the rest of them."
He said, "No, no. He ain't the boss."
"Well," said, "maybe you feed him better."
Said, "No, they all eat out there in the galley together."
He said, "Well, what makes him so much different from the rest of the
He said, "I often wondered that myself till one day I found out." Said,
"Over in the homeland where he come from, his father is the king of a
tribe. And though he's an alien, he still knows he's a king's son. He
conducts himself like one."
160 Oh, if we are the sons and daughters of the King, the King of
kings, let's conduct our character as Christians. That's right. Yes, we
are aliens; we're pilgrims and we're strangers here. This is not our
world. We're seeking a Kingdom that is to come. This is not our home.
Though we be tossed about and made fun of by the world, and called
this, that, and the other, and "old fashion," and all like that, what
do you care? You don't want to be patterning yourself after a--some
kind of a movie star, or some television star, or something. You're a
daughter of God. You're a son of God. Let's act like God. We are the
children of God; we know that we're sons and daughters of the King. Let
our character reflect His Presence, no matter how rough it gets.
A tent or a cottage, why should I care?
They are building a palace for me over There!
With rubies and diamonds, of silver and gold,
His coffers are full, He has riches untold.
We're the children of the King!
With Jesus our Saviour,
I'm a child of the King!
Let's conduct ourselves like our Father, knowing someday we will go
home to be with Him. Yes. Yes.
162 They--they want a Messiah, but they want it under their own
conditions. Yeah, they want a Saviour; they did, and want it now the
same way, for the same reason, for the denominationals and politics has
taken the place of the Holy Spirit. The ministers, instead of being...
Too many of them are led by the--the religious politics, instead of
letting the Holy Spirit lead them. See? Some church will give them a
little better offering, or something another, and away they go to get a
feather in their hat, or something like that But, that--that's too bad.
We ought to be led by the Holy Spirit. God sent the real Leader of the
Church, and that's the Holy Ghost.
163 Our educational system in our churches has led us far away from the
Presence of God. It's too bad that we put our boys (I'm talking of
Pentecostals now.) out into the seminaries and things, hatch them out
like incubator chickens. That's right. I always felt sorry for an
incubator chicken, it was--wasn't hatched right. He chirps, and he
ain't got no mammy to go to, just turned out by a big machine of a
regime. That's the way they seem to be turning out preachers today,
with some kind of a doctor's degree, and send him into a church. And
sometimes he knows no more about God than an Hottentot would know about
an Egyptian knight.
164 What we need today is a good old fashion, backwoods, sky-blue,
sin-killing religion, and the baptism of the Holy Ghost back into the
church again: a cleaning out, gun-barrel straight, sky-blue religion.
We need a cleaning out and a starting all over again. That's the truth.
Church, I'm not beside myself. I may be mad, as I said last night, but
I--I feel good this way. I never did feel this way the other way, so
I--I'd just like to stay this way. Yes, sir. I did lose my mind; I had
to, to find the mind of Christ. Every other believer has to (That's
right.) they have to find the mind of Christ by losing our own mind.
166 The educational system has taken us away. I live in a college town,
where the University of Arizona is there. And I was saying, thinking
this, what can science do for you? They can take something, and say,
"This was so many hundred years ago," now they found out it wasn't so
many hundred years ago. They haven't got one thing yet, scientifically
proving that the world has ever had any life on it, any more than six
thousand years. They pick up bones, and they used to take different
measurements and say how it was. Now, they wouldn't confess it. A big
professor the other night stood up there in Arizona, and said, "They
won't profess it, no, but they found out that the age of the bone has
been because of the chloride and stuff in the water, and also the salt
turned it like that and aged it. It absolutely wasn't time that done
167 God's Word still ever remains the same, yesterday, today, and
forever. They can never be able to disprove it. That's the thing that
will hold the world together; not an educational system. Anything that
you adopt instead of That is an antichrist move; that's exactly right;
it's against the principles of Christ. Back to the Word, and Christ is
the Word. Yes, sir. He's the Word made flesh and dwelled among us.
Education can never give us Life. Education can never... Science can't
give us Life. The world can't give us Life. The church can't give us
Life. Theology can't give us Life. There's only one thing can give you
Life; that's Christ. He is Life, the abundant Life.
169 Some time ago in a city in Canada, I was going up on an elevator.
And they was having a bunch of Americans up there, and it was--it was
some kind of a meeting. I won't call the name of it, 'cause there might
be someone in that certain lodge in here, and I wouldn't want to hurt
your feelings. But they was going up on the--the--the elevator in a big
hotel. And I was having a meeting there. And you couldn't get on the
elevator hardly, for the whiskey bottles and things. And I said to
the--to the elevator boy, I said, "What's all this?"
He said, "The Americans has visited us tonight." Oh, goodness, many of
them... And then I went down.
171 As we got off of--of the stage or the--the little escalator, or
elevator, rather, and started out, there was a hall, and there was two
young women standing down there with just their underneath garment on.
They had a bottle of whiskey in their hand, and they were drinking. And
they started down, and drunk men coming out of the house, so drunk, or
the little rooms, trying to catch them and pulling their clothes down.
And it was horrible looking. And they come down, and I just ducked back
in a little hall and waited till they passed by, a little door, and
they stopped in front of me. And nice-looking women, and they were
standing there just with their little underneath skirt on, all the
clothes they had. They took this bottle, and trying to pour it on one
another. One pulled up her underneath garment as high as she could pull
it, throwed her leg up in the air, and holler, "Whoopee, this is life."
172 I couldn't stand no more of it. I stepped out, and I said, "Sister,
I beg your pardon. That's death. That's death."
She said, "Come, have a drink."
And I said, "Wait just a minute." I said, "You said that was life." I
said, "That's perverted life. Why do you try to do a thing like that?"
Come to find out... I said, "I am a minister of the Gospel. I'm an
American too. And I'm ashamed of you. I'm ashamed of you to call
yourself an American, and up here like that." Come to find out, one of
them was a Sunday school teacher, and she started crying.
First they started to run, and I grabbed both of them by the hand. They
was so drunk they couldn't get away. I said, "Wait, we're going to pray
"There is a way that seemeth right."
175 Well, you say, "They're just having a little clean fun." A little
clean fun? Nothing. That thing doesn't... I don't care how much Sunday
school teacher you are. If that thing's in your heart, God can't dwell
in that unclean place. What we need is an old fashion holiness revival
to sweep the church from one end to the other. Yes, sir. We don't do
that. That should not be permitted. But it's Americans having a little
clean fun, setting an example as a Christian nation. Oh, my.
Educational system, that isn't Life. That's death.
176 What makes a person do that? Why do they do it? What makes the
world do the way they do? Because they reject This. There's some little
place in a man's heart that thirsts for God. A little place, a man was
made to thirst. You're set up like that. That's what makes you drink;
that's what makes you do these things, is because there's something in
you that craves for satisfaction, thirsting. And God forbid that a man
will try to satisfy and quench that holy call of God with the
substitute that the Devil would give him. You have no right to do that.
That's God calling to you. That stuff is a thirst of death. And if you
won't take Christ in there to fill that up, the Devil will give you a
substitute of death in there. That's right. You have no right to do
that. How dare any man or woman to hush that holy call in there of God
calling. And because you won't receive it, then the Devil will see it's
satisfied with something else.
This is what satisfies it. "God's Word I've hid in my heart, that I sin
not against Him." That's right. God in the heart is what settles the
question. Yes, sir.
178 Science can't give you Life. Education can't give you Life.
Denomination can't give you Life. Schools can't give you Life. Nation
can't give you Life. Church can't give you Life. It's only God can give
you Life. He's the only One that can do it.
Now, we see exactly that what the prophet said would come to pass in
this day. The prophet, Paul, in the II Timothy 3, we find out that the
time was coming when the church would be, "Heady, high-minded
(know-it-all. See?), high-minded, lovers of pleasure more than lovers
of God, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, and despisers of
those that are good."
You say, "That's communists."
No. No. That's professed Christians. Listen, read the next verse.
"Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof; from such
turn away." Warned to turn away from such that's denying the power of
the resurrection, denying that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday,
today, and forever. That's right. He is the same yesterday, today, and
181 Peter said, on the day of Pentecost, "This promise is unto you, and
to your children, and to them that's far off, even as many as the Lord
our God shall call." That's what the Holy Ghost is for. As long as God
still calls, the Holy Ghost is still here to fill every hungry heart
that God called.
But we substitute something else. We try to satisfy that feeling by--by
joining church. You just deaden that feeling by doing that. You ain't
satisfied with that. That won't satisfy.
There's only one thing will satisfy, that's when Christ comes into a
man's life, for He's made in the image of God, and he's made in the
statue of God. And God didn't give you this trip here on earth to be
this, that, or the other, but to be a son and daughter of God. And
there's nothing else will satisfy. That's the only thing will hold
our--our world together. And take not our manmade economy, but take
God's economy and His way of doing it through His Word. That'll hold it
That's the tie that binds
Our hearts in Christian love;
The fellowship of kindred mind
Is like to that above.
184 That's right. What the world needs today is a good old-time, Saint
Paul's revival, and the Bible, Holy Ghost back again; where the Spirit
of God falls amongst the people, and signs and wonders appear, like
sparks off of an anvil. Yes, sir, we need it. That's what we have to
have to hold it together.
Then we expect God to meet us in our traditions. Oh. To keep the world
from falling apart, we expect Him to come to our system.
186 Now that's exactly what they thought back there, "Now if the
Messiah comes in this age, we got a fine high priest, Caiaphas. We got
Lavinski, all these priests along here (See?) fine men. We schooled
them, schooled them. They know what they're talking about."
But when He come, He bypassed every one of them. He didn't even touch
their system. Besides that, He said, "You are of your father the Devil,
and his works you do. You generation of snakes in the grass," He said,
"who's warned you to flee from the wrath that is to come?" Watch the
Word of God come out in that rebuke. Oh, it certainly didn't meet their
theological taste. And it wouldn't today either. It doesn't.
188 When they seen Him standing there and perform the sign of the
Prophet to show that He was Messiah, what'd they say? "He's Beelzebub.
That's an evil spirit on Him."
Jesus said, "That's blasphemy. And when the Holy Ghost comes, and you
speak against That, it'll never be forgiven in this world or the world
But you see the system today? It's the same thing. We formed our own
system; that's the reason our system win never hold this world
together. They might elect a President or an Abraham Lincoln in every
county in the United States, and it'll never hold it together, till we
get back to the Word of God, back to the old fashion black-back Bible
that's got the Truth. That's the only way we'll ever know God and keep
our world together, is back to the principles of Jesus Christ, back to
His doctrine, back to the Holy Ghost again leading the Church.
191 That's why the Truth has been so mishandled in this last days, is
because that when the God trying to get His program in, and people have
already denominated themselves off in such. They build up a fence so
that the Holy Spirit can't get in there, keeping Him out. We want God
to save us in the--the very condition we're in. That's the way that I
You Pentecostal people, what did you start out at? Did you ever read
the Azusa Street, a mission; did you ever read before the General
Council ever started? The Pentecostal people were known because they
come out of those denominations and separated. That's what they was.
"Come out from among them." They used to preach that all the time, "Be
separated, saith God." Get away from them traditions of men. And what
did they do? He turned right back around and went back in the same gaum
you come out of. Now, you're separated; one's a Church of God; and the
other one, you're this one or that one, this one or that. You're
separated, fussing with one another. Break that down.
193 When I first come into the ministry, I thought everything was
Pentecostal was one group. I come to find out, they was broke up as bad
as the Baptists. The thing I did is stand right in the middle of both
of them, say, "We are brothers; that's all." Right. As long as you're
firing at one another, Satan don't have to fire at you. But let that
bound be broke, and spread forth your tents way out yonder, and take in
every brother, then I tell you, the great army of God will rise in the
power of Jesus Christ, go back to the Bible. And you talk about a
Church for the rapturing grace, it would come to pass when we can tear
down our traditions, forget all of our denominational things, and come
right back on the basis of God's Word.
But we want God to save us in the condition we are. We got to meet His
condition. See, we don't--we don't meet us on ours; upon His. We want
God to save us in the very thing that--that He... It's polluted. Let
God... Get back to the Word and love one another. That's the only thing
that I know to do.
195 God sends us prophets, and... when we put them to death, just
exactly like Jesus said they would do. Then we find out, after a
century or two, or a hundred years, or fifty years, God will send us a
prophet, or a messenger, and, first thing you know, we'll criticize him
and put him to death. Then after while, after he's dead, you know,
awhile, the church will wake up. What'll they do? They'll say, "Why,
we'll build a denomination upon that." That's what happened to the
Methodists, Baptists, and all the rest of you, built a denomination.
And the thing of it is, after he's done dead, and his message is over,
we're done living over into another place. Then you go back there, his
message for that day, and you're trying to go back there and garnish
his tomb, when here it's going on right here all the time. You forget
196 Just like man... Man is always praising God for what He did do, and
praise Him for what He will do, and ignoring what He's doing.
That--that--that's just the way of man. He's always done that. He
thinks of what He has done, gives Him thanks; believes He's going to do
something out here; but forget He's doing it all the time right here.
He always overlooks it. That's the devil's business for him to do it
that way. Yes, sir.
Our traditions... Yes, sir. "The Messiah," they say, "is for another
generation, something like that. He was back there." He is the same
yesterday, today, and forever.
198 In His first advent, Jesus, the whole world was corrupted with
politics and religions. All was crying for a Messiah. They wanted an
anointed One. Israel wanted something, and Rome wanted something, and
the rest of them.
It's the same thing today. We all, each one, want a politician. We want
Now, today, Russia wants a messiah. Russia wants a messiah that'll take
them to the moon right quick, get there before the rest of them will.
That's what Russia wants. They want that kind of a messiah, some
genius, some fellow that's a--that's a--that's a scientific genius, and
he'll know how to conquer outer space and go over there and plant the
Russian flag before the Americans can get there. Oh, they're... They
want their messiah. They're trying their best to raise up one. All
201 What did America? What do you want, America? You're crying the
loudest. What do you want? You've been wanting a--an educated genius.
You've been wanting a political genius. You got it. Though you had to
invent a--a crooked voting machine to get it, but you've got it. That's
right. The world wants... That's what it wants. Now what you going to
do with it? You wanted to show how smart you was. You even put them on
television, to show that one could outsmart the other one, and you fell
for it. See? You've got it, now where--where's he going to lead you?
Right back to Rome, of course. You seen it, right now.
202 You, church, you want a genius. What do you want? What do
you--what's the church want? What are you wanting? You are wanting a
smart, educated, intellectual minister to raise up, that can conquer
better than Billy Graham, to take them all back to your denomination.
You got seminaries and things, trying to hatch them out. See, that's
right. You might not think that's true; but, look, your--your action
speaks louder than your words. You want a--you want a religious genius,
one who can lead you, your denomination, over them all; stomp out the
Baptists, stomp out the Methodists, stomp out the Oneness, stomp out
the Trinity, everything, walk over all of it. Oh, you're just skimming
the world down, trying to find him. That's the kind you want.
203 But you know what you need? You need a Saviour, just exactly what
you need. And that's what God knows you need, is a Saviour, and He
sends It to you. But do they want it? No, sir. That don't feet
their--fit their ecclesiastical taste. It just doesn't work that way
with them. But the whole world wants their genius.
Now, what if Russia got their messiah, then what about us? You know,
Germany got theirs, not long ago, and many of you boys from the First
World War remembers that very well. See, they got it. You don't need
that kind of a messiah. It was in the wrong way. It was the wrong
thing. It was contrary to God's Word.
206 Just think, Napoleon, at the age of thirty-three, he had conquered
the world and died in defeat. He died in defeat. He was a
prohibitionist when he first raised up, and his great success brought
him; and he died, an alcoholic, seven thousand prostitutes following
his army. And he died at thirty-three years old. And he tried to
conquer the world, but he did it in the wrong way.
But Jesus Christ at the age of thirty-three had conquered the world,
death, hell, grave, and--and ascended on high. Why? He was the Word of
God made manifest. That's our Messiah. Amen. Sure. They always... We
want a--we want a Messiah, but we want it in the way...
I'll have to omit some things I got wrote down now, we're getting too
late. We--we have to omit some of it.
209 But the world wants--wants their messiah. The world wants one. The
church wants one. And what if God sent them one? If God sent a Messiah,
what would He be? He would not be a religious politician. He would not
be an intellectual giant, as we'd call it. Oh, no.
What would He be? He'd be like Hebrews 13:8, the same that He was. He's
always been. He'd be the Word of God made manifest. That's exactly. He
was God's Word; He is God's Word; He'll forever be God's Word. Even
the--the sounding forth of His coming was always the prophets who the
Word came to. Here the Word come in Fullness.
And now if He'd come again today, He would be a--a Word of God,
manifested Word of God, vindicated Word of God, God living among us.
That's the Messiah. He promised it. Amen. He'd be that Pillar of Fire
again. He'd be the same Messiah that led Israel. Amen. He'd be the same
Messiah. [Blank.spot.on.tape--Ed.] Sure, they'd turn It down like they
always did. Certainly. Oh, 'cause they want to build a great nation.
212 We want to build a great church body. Today we are thinking about,
we want a great general church. All right, you're going to get it. You
wanted a united church. You're going to get it. You're going to get it.
Why do they want it like that? If the Messiah would come, He'd never
set nothing like that in order. He'd be against it. Sure, He would. But
what do they want it for, what's the reason it has to come that way?
They want one man that can stand up and dictate the whole thing. You're
going to get it. It's exactly right. You will receive him, because he's
coming. "Another one will come, and you will receive him," Jesus said.
And they will; they will receive him. Why do they want to do that?
People are wanting to--things their own way.
213 The Messiah would come, He'd just shuck the feathers off of you.
Talk about some preacher skinning down women and men, He would really
skin them down. He did when He come; He said, "You generation of
vipers, you snakes in the grass, you are of your father the Devil." If
that Messiah would return in this polluted time, He'd do the same thing
again. God would a-vindicate His work just like He did in the
beginning, with the same kind of signs and wonders. He certainly would
do it, if He returned again. If we got that Messiah, be just like He
was in the first time, because it couldn't be nothing else. The Bible
said, "He's the same yesterday, today, and forever." He is always the
214 But what are we wanting? We wouldn't want that kind of a Messiah.
No, no. We want to be something like the world. And what the people are
trying to do, they want a Messiah that'll let them live and--and do
anything they want to, and act like the world, and live in the world,
and still hold their Christian profession. Right. You can't do that.
"If you love the world or the things of the world, the love of God's
not even in you," Jesus said. Yes, sir. But that's the kind of messiah
the world wants. That's the reason they won't receive God's Messiah. It
won't do it.
This is His Messiah, exactly; His Word is His Messiah. That Messiah in
you does the works that the Word says it does. It reproduces Christ,
'cause Christ is in you. His Life is in you, and It does just exactly
what He's supposed to do, like He always did it; same way He did it,
the same things that He did, because He is the same. That's the Messiah
that God sends.
216 The Messiah the world wants, is just let them do anything they want
to and get by, "Oh, that's all right." Oh, these women across the
country, these, you want it... Yeah, you--you--you want your French
dressing and all the big things. You got it. You've got a modern Ahab
and Jezebel, and it fashioned the church. That's right. I'm not talking
politics. I'm talking truth. And you know this nation is just exactly
like Israel? It done the same thing.
Israel come in and drove the occupants out of that nation, and took it.
God gave it to them. And what did they do? They drove out the occupants
of the nation and took it. First, they had great kings, like David and
Solomon. And after while, there raised up a man, called Jezebel--or--or
Ahab, and he married Jezebel, and she was one of these little
painted-face flappers. And when he did, she was the one controlled him.
She told him what to do. He might've been the head, but she was the
neck and she told him what to do.
218 And if this nation hasn't done the very same thing, the same thing?
We've come in here and drove out the Indians. We had a Washington and a
Lincoln. But what have we got today, with our own voting, and politics
and things? We set the system that we run from and made a nation out of
it here, we've brought it right back in here because it's the desire of
the people. Right. Now, I'm neither Democrat or Republican. I'm a
Christian. The whole thing's polluted.
I cast my vote on Jesus Christ. Amen. "On this Rock I'll stand, all
other grounds are sinking sand." Yes, sir.
220 Friends, we are not promised a system. Jesus wouldn't have nothing
to do with a system. We wasn't promised a system. We were promised
(What was we promised?) a Kingdom. How do you get into It? "By one
Spirit we are all baptized into this Kingdom." It's the Kingdom of God,
a Kingdom of Eternal Life, with an eternal King giving forth His
eternal Word, with an eternal people predestinated to Eternal Life.
He's--He's the...?... We're baptized into It, setting in heavenly...
221 "We are dead, our lives are hid in God through Christ." And not
only that, but we're raised with Him. Raised up what, in a system, a
denomination, organization? We are resurrected in the Kingdom of God.
The Kingdom of God is within you. Why? All these manmade systems must
fall. "Not once more I'll shake the world, but I'll shake heavens. And
those things that cannot be shook, is what will remain. And we receive
a Kingdom, receiving a Kingdom that cannot be shook or moved." That's
the Kingdom of God, not a system, not a political wheel, not a
denomination, but a Kingdom. Amen. And its subjects is dead to the
systems of this world. Its subjects are dead to these organizations.
It's dead to these political systems, and it's alive and resurrected by
the power of the King.
222 And now, we're in a Kingdom, setting in heavenly places with the
eternal King, enjoying Eternal Life by the eternal Word, going to an
eternal heaven, forever to be with Him. Hallelujah. Living in the
Presence of the King... Oh, I love Him. Whew. I'm so glad to be one of
them. I'm so glad to be dead in Christ, alive in the Kingdom of God.
This is not my home; we seek a Kingdom. We seek the King. We're already
in the Kingdom. We're seeking the King to come, and the King quickly
will come to His Kingdom.
For we receive a Kingdom that cannot be moved. All these other things
are falling apart. America's falling apart. Europe is falling apart.
Asia's falling apart. All the world's falling apart. But we are in a
Kingdom, an eternal Kingdom, It cannot be moved (Amen.), where
Christmas is every day (Amen.), living in the Presence of the King.
Glory. Don't have to guess about that. It is the Truth, God's Truth,
God's complete Truth. How I love Him for this. How good He is!
224 You setting there, looking at me, the little woman there with a
black hat on, looking at me. You're in a Kingdom (You believe it?) in
the Presence of the King. Just had an operation for a bowel trouble.
That's right, isn't it? And that's been bothering you; it's been
bothering you; forget it. It's going to be well now. Why? There's
healing in the Presence of the King in the Kingdom, "For with His
stripes we were healed." Amen. Amen.
The old colored brother setting over on the end there, had his hands
up, looking around, trying to find me. You didn't find me; but you
found Him. That tumor that's in your side, if you'll believe with all
your heart, God will take it out. You believe it? All right. God bless
226 Oh, isn't He wonderful, marvelous. Why do you doubt? Don't doubt.
You've got an asthma, and you got heart trouble, you got arthritis,
everything. You want God to call number by number. When He speaks to
you, that's it. Just don't--don't doubt it. Don't forget that that's
true. Believe God, and you shall have what you wanted. Amen.
This man setting here with asthma, little fellow from Norway. Do you
believe that God will cure that asthma and make you well? If you do,
God will make you well. Amen. Why? All right, you can have it, sir. You
didn't know you had that much faith, did you? But the Kingdom of God
has come, and we are setting with the Messiah, God's Messiah.
"Why do you say it a it's Messiah? What is It, Brother Branham?"
The Bible said, "The Word of God is more powerful any kingdom, sharper
than a two-edged sword; it's a Discerner of the thoughts that's in the
mind, the intents of the heart." It's God's Kingdom. Hallelujah.
"We receive a Kingdom that cannot be moved." Do you believe it? Will
you accept the King while He's here? Then let's stand on our feet and
just praise Him with all of our heart.
231 Lord Jesus, we praise You, O great King of glory. "We receive a
Kingdom that cannot be moved." May Your people, Lord, be healed,
standing, magnify Your great Name, Father. Grant it, Lord. Have mercy
upon the people. We're grateful for this Kingdom, "For by one Spirit
we're all baptized into this unmovable Kingdom." And now our King is in
the midst of us, vindicating His Word for the last days, the same
Pillar of Fire, the same Jesus Christ with the same signs. The same
Life that was in Him is in the Church. "We receive a Kingdom."
232 Do you love Him? [Congregation says, "Amen."--Ed.] Let's sing His
praises, "I love Him, I love Him because He first loved me." Let's just
make it ring out. Give us the chord, brother. Everybody now together,
let's sing it, "I Love Him," as we praise Him.
I love Him, I love Him
Because He first loved me
And purchased my salvation
On Calvary's tree.
233 Oh, my, doesn't that sound like heaven? Oh, my. I tell you what;
let--let's get acquainted with our citizens of this Kingdom. While we
sing it again, let's turn around and shake hands with somebody around
us, and say, "God bless you, my brother, sister," while we sing it, all
together. Shake hands, all of you. Because by one Spirit we're all in
one Body, and are setting in the Kingdom.
I love Him, I love Him
Oh, because He first loved me
And purchased my salvation
On Calvary's tree.
Oh, isn't He wonderful? Amen. Let's sing it again now.
I love Him, I love Him
Because He first loved me
And purchased my salvation
On Calvary's tree.
How many feels just real all scoured out? Let's see. Oh, my. The Word
is Food to our soul. Oh, my. Let's sing it again.
I... (God bless you.) I love Him.